Keywords

UAS, unmanned aircraft, cooperative control, cooperative timing, rendezvous

Abstract

This paper presents experimental results for two cooperative timing missions carried out using a team of three miniature air vehicles (MAVs). Using a cooperative timing algorithm based on coordination functions and coordination variables, the MAV team executed a series of simultaneous arrival and cooperative fly-by missions. In the presence of significant wind disturbances, the average time difference between the first and last vehicle in the simultaneous arrival experiments was 1.6 s. For the cooperative fly-by experiments, the average timing error between vehicle arrivals was 0.6 s. These results demonstrate the practical feasibility of the cooperative timing approach.

Original Publication Citation

Nelson, D., McLain, T., and Beard, R. Experiments in Cooperative Timing for Miniature Air Vehicles. Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, vol. 4, no. 8, pp. 956-967, August 2007.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-8

Publisher

AIAA

Language

English

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Department

Mechanical Engineering

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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